South Asia

Organized Panel Session

Gender, Materiality and Development in the Himalayas: A Critical Geographic Perspective

Saturday, July 7
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

The Himalayan mountain region is experiencing a rapid change in terms of state-led development practices, urbanization and neoliberal modernization across national divides. How do local people based on caste, class, and gender deal with these changes? What kind of new social and political subjectivities are being constantly (re)made through this rapid change in lives and livelihoods? How do people make sense of their place in space through macro changes? This panel seeks to put a situated ethnographic understanding to change in the Himalayan region, by looking at cases of gendering, dispossession, and speculative urbanization. With geographic contexts ranging from the lower Himalayan region Kangra and Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, to the rain shadow regions of Ladakh and Spiti and to Kathmandu, Nepal, this panel will interrogate the grand narrative of change in order to understand how this change takes place in the daily material lives of ordinary people and the consequences of the same.

Siddharth Menon

University of Colorado at Boulder, United States

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Anu Sablok

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India

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Anu Sablok

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India

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Siddharth Menon

University of Colorado at Boulder, United States

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Rohit Negi

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

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Rupak Shreshtha

University of Colorado at Boulder, United States

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Richa Shakya

University of Colorado at Boulder, United States

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